City-wide events to celebrate festive season

The festive events calendar is filling up fast!

The festive events calendar is filling up fast!

CHRISTMAS CHEER IS HERE: The Ballance Street Village team are excited about their huge annual event this Friday, A Village Christmas. Ballance Street will be closed on Friday night between Ormond Rd and Railway Reserve from 5pm to 9pm. It is one of many free events being held this week for people to enjoy the spirit of Christmas, sing carols and let the kids meet Santa. Picture by Liam Clayton

Brush off your song sheets. Christmas festivities kick off tomorrow with plenty of carols on the cards and fun activities for the whole family.

There are two events tomorrow night — Smash Carols at Smash Palace from 7pm and Christmas in the Vines at The Vines from 5.30pm.

Late night shopping is in the city centre on Thursday, with carol singing along Gladstone Road and Santa’s Grotto open until 9pm in Treble Court. Ballance Street Village holds its annual A Village Christmas from 5.30 to 8.30pm on Friday.

The neighbourhood get-together is free. It combines live music, carol singing and activities like face-painting and a bouncy castle. Santa Claus will be there too.

To cater for the crowds, Ballance Street will be closed to traffic from 5pm to 9pm between Ormond Road and Railway Reserve.

Smash Palace staff are calling for all party faithfuls to join them for “a smashing Christmas celebration” tomorrow.

Owner Darryl Monteith will host the Gisborne Concert Band, Bad Reg & the Lost Chords and Santa and his helpers.

Entry is free. All people are asked to bring a can of food to go under the tree, and their loudest and proudest singing voice.

There will be plenty of entertainment downtown on Thursday. Heart of Gisborne event and marketing manager Lana Davy says carols will be performed through the city centre in a Pied Piper effect, picking up people as the procession moves along Gladstone Road.

Carollers will start from Treble Court at 6pm. They will comprise the Salvation Army singers and musicians, as well as other church groups and anybody else who wants to join in. A blessing for the city will precede singing.

From 8.30pm, there will be carols by candlelight in Treble Court. All shops will be open until 9pm, along with Santa’s Grotto, which offers photo opportunities with the big guy and other fun, exciting things to keep the kids up late for.

There will also be a Christmas tree for donated presents. These will be distributed by the Salvation Army to those less fortunate.

  • Gisborne Concert Band Inc and Gisborne Civic Band are travelling around city streets on the back of a flatdeck truck performing carols. They have been performing in the inner Kaiti area since Sunday and from December 20-23 will be driving around and performing in the streets of Whataupoko.

Brush off your song sheets. Christmas festivities kick off tomorrow with plenty of carols on the cards and fun activities for the whole family.

There are two events tomorrow night — Smash Carols at Smash Palace from 7pm and Christmas in the Vines at The Vines from 5.30pm.

Late night shopping is in the city centre on Thursday, with carol singing along Gladstone Road and Santa’s Grotto open until 9pm in Treble Court. Ballance Street Village holds its annual A Village Christmas from 5.30 to 8.30pm on Friday.

The neighbourhood get-together is free. It combines live music, carol singing and activities like face-painting and a bouncy castle. Santa Claus will be there too.

To cater for the crowds, Ballance Street will be closed to traffic from 5pm to 9pm between Ormond Road and Railway Reserve.

Smash Palace staff are calling for all party faithfuls to join them for “a smashing Christmas celebration” tomorrow.

Owner Darryl Monteith will host the Gisborne Concert Band, Bad Reg & the Lost Chords and Santa and his helpers.

Entry is free. All people are asked to bring a can of food to go under the tree, and their loudest and proudest singing voice.

There will be plenty of entertainment downtown on Thursday. Heart of Gisborne event and marketing manager Lana Davy says carols will be performed through the city centre in a Pied Piper effect, picking up people as the procession moves along Gladstone Road.

Carollers will start from Treble Court at 6pm. They will comprise the Salvation Army singers and musicians, as well as other church groups and anybody else who wants to join in. A blessing for the city will precede singing.

From 8.30pm, there will be carols by candlelight in Treble Court. All shops will be open until 9pm, along with Santa’s Grotto, which offers photo opportunities with the big guy and other fun, exciting things to keep the kids up late for.

There will also be a Christmas tree for donated presents. These will be distributed by the Salvation Army to those less fortunate.

  • Gisborne Concert Band Inc and Gisborne Civic Band are travelling around city streets on the back of a flatdeck truck performing carols. They have been performing in the inner Kaiti area since Sunday and from December 20-23 will be driving around and performing in the streets of Whataupoko.
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